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» Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education and Single Subject Credential

In California, the appropriate credential to teach a specific subject in a departmentalized classroom at the middle school or high school level is the single subject teaching credential. This credential authorizes public school teaching in a departmentalized classroom. The single subject credential is also utilized by those who wish to be subject area specialists in any K-12 setting (such as fine/performing arts, physical education, and other elective areas).

The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education (MAT) program allows the candidate to obtain both the single subject credential and the master’s degree through an integrated program of coursework, fieldwork, and student research. This program is targeted to individuals who wish to begin their teaching careers with both a teaching credential and a master’s degree.

Major themes found in both the credential and master’s degree courses include teacher as a constructivist, nurturer, moral educator, reflective practitioner, mediator of diversity and change agent. Students must declare their interest in the MAT program on the admission application.

  • The Single Subject Credential program is 41 total units.
  • The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education program is 53 total units (12 units above the credential).

+ - Program at a Glance

    • The Single Subject Credential program is 41 total units.
    • The Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education program is 53 total units (12 units above the credential).
    • All courses are held in the evening to accommodate working individuals.
    • There is a low student-to-faculty ratio with personalized education.
    • Early field experiences (praxis) help to connect coursework to practical student teaching.
    • Students who already possess a single subject, multiple subject, or special education teaching credential from California or any other U.S. state are not eligible for admission to the MAT: secondary education program.
    • MAT-Secondary Education Course of Study (.pdf)
    • For the Single Subject Credential Course of Study you would meet with your advisor to make a plan.

+ - Music Education Program Emphasis

The College of Educational Studies has developed a specific Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education - Music Education Program Emphasis for those who wish to teach music education at the middle school or high school level. The program has three substitutions for current degree requirements.

Please see the MA in Teaching Music Education page for more information.

+ - Admission Requirements

The admission deadline for this program is on a rolling basis. Students may submit applications up to 6 weeks prior to the start of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • Submit online application
  • Statement of Intent (prompt can be found within the online application)
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting colleges/universities attended
  • Submit passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $60 application fee

GPA Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education program must possess a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. If an applicant’s GPA falls below a 3.0 students must submit one of the following test scores:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): achieve a passing score on all sections.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score on any two of the three sections; 146 Quantitative, 152 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Miller Analogies Test: achieve a minimum scaled score of 404.

Students applying to the Single Subject Credential-only program must possess a 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA. If an applicant’s GPA falls below a 2.75 students must submit one of the following test scores:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): achieve a passing score on all sections.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score on any two of the three sections; 146 Quantitative, 152 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Miller Analogies Test: achieve a minimum scaled score of 404.

Supporting documents may be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admission
Chapman University
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

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+ - Frequently Asked Questions

What teaching programs do you offer?

The College of Educational Studies offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an embedded Single Subject Credential (53 credits) or a Single Subject Credential-only (41 credits) program.

The College of Educational Studies offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an embedded Multiple Subject Credential (53 credits) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an embedded Single Subject Credential (53 credits).

The College of Educational Studies also offers  Credential Only Programs in  Multiple Subject (41 credits), and Single Subject (41 credits).


Can I enroll in the credential-only program?

Yes, you may choose the credential-only or MAT option. Students must select their program prior to applying.
Credential Only Programs


How long does the program take to complete?

The credential portion of each program takes approximately 1.5 years to complete at the full-time level. The MAT program is an additional 12 credits, which typically takes approximately 1 year to complete (2.5 years total).


What is the cost of the program?

Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $875/credit
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What time are classes held?

Classes are held between 4:00pm- 10:00pm Monday through Thursday. Some courses require fieldwork components, which take place during a typical school day. Additionally, your student teaching semester will be conducted between 7:00am- 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

Where is Chapman University located?

Chapman University is located in the city of Orange, CA. Please contact Brandman University for program information at locations throughout California and Washington. 

When is the application deadline?

Students may apply for admission in the fall, spring. All applications must be received at least 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the term. Please visit Chapman University’s academic calendar for start dates.

Do I need to submit any test scores with my application?

Students applying to the MAT program must possess a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. If an applicant’s GPA falls below a 3.0 students must submit one of the following test scores:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): achieve a passing score on all sections.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score on any two of the three sections; 146 Quantitative, 152 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Miller Analogies Test: achieve a minimum scaled score of 404.

Students applying to the credential-only program must possess a 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA. If an applicant’s GPA falls below a 2.75 students must submit one of the following test scores:

  • California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): achieve a passing score on all sections.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score on any two of the three sections; 146 Quantitative, 152 Verbal, and 4.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Miller Analogies Test: achieve a minimum scaled score of 404.


What is required for admission?

  • Submit online application
  • Statement of Intent (prompt can be found within the online application)
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting colleges/universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $60 application fee

Where can I mail my supporting documents?

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admission
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

Your letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically through the online application. On the left-hand side of the online application you will be asked to input the name and email address of your recommenders. They will receive an email with information on submitting your letter of recommendation electronically. We do not accept written letters of recommendation directly from the student.

How do I receive more information?

The College of Educational Studies offers monthly graduate information sessions. These sessions are great opportunities to obtain further information about the program and meet with the program coordinator.
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+ - Teacher Education Program Scholarship

Newly admitted students to the MAT Elementary Education program or the Multiple Subject Credential program may be eligible for a scholarship. Please see the Teacher Education Program Scholarship page for more information.

+ - Support

Scholarships for students in the College of Educational Studies are one of the areas of greatest need. To find out how you can give to the CES and support the work our students are doing, please visit the Support CES page. Every dollar helps!

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